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Centre for Studies of Home 

An interior with two ladies, oil on canvas, signed and dated Trevor Haddon, 1880 or 1886

An interior with two ladies, oil on canvas, signed Trevor Haddon and dated 1880 or possibly 1886

The Centre for Studies of Home is a research partnership between Queen Mary, University of London, and The Geffrye Museum.

The centre's website is here: www.studiesofhome.qmul.ac.uk

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The Working Class at Home, 1770–2017

Thursday 4 May, 10am - 5pm

In recent years there has been a proliferation of publications – across a range of disciplines – which have the working-class home at their centre. These works have questioned our approach to the working-class home through both a re-reading of traditional sources and a utilisation of previously overlooked archival evidence that grant unprecedented access to these homes. New interpretations have begun to overturn our previous understandings of the working-class home and its inhabitants. Moreover, those exploring the working-class home are now moving beyond the experiences of city slum dwellings to examine a much broader geographical, socio-economic, and ethnically diverse working class and the wider range of dwellings they inhabited.

This interdisciplinary one-day workshop will bring together academics (postgraduates, early career researchers, and established scholars) from across numerous disciplines – History, English Literature, Art History, Archaeology, Geography, and other disciplines – as well as archive and museum professionals to discuss approaches to exploring the working-class home.

For further information and to book a place please follow this link, https://theworkingclassathome.wordpress.com/registration/ 


Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network 

Page from 'Designs for furniture and decorations for complete house furnishing', a catalogue for the firm Hampton & Sons, c.1892 (detail)

Page from 'Designs for furniture and decorations for complete house furnishing', a catalogue for Hampton & Sons, 1892

Histories of Home is a Subject Specialist Network which brings together academics and heritage professionals engaged in the study of home and interpreting domestic spaces and collections to share new research and approaches.


Decoding the domestic Interior in British Portraits

Wednesday 28 June 2017

This seminar for scholars and museum professionals seeks to explore some key themes around the nature of domestic interiors as found in British portraits from the early modern period to the present day. How can we start to interpret the pictorial world in which portrait sitters are placed? Are such spaces representations of contemporary interiors, or are they fictional spheres which like pose, costume, and props serve to convey coded messages about the sitters? By exploring portraits in various media throughout this period, speakers will consider these questions, helping interiors and portrait researchers to understand these mediated artistic constructs and interpret the contemporary symbolism within.

This event is a collaboration between the Histories of Home and the Understanding British Portraits Subject Specialist Networks. It is aimed at researchers, academics, and museum professionals engaged with portraiture, or historical and modern interiors. Papers will include scholarly case studies as well as contributions from museum professionals using portraits as a research tool, and engaging audiences in design history through the use of historic portraits.

The event will take place at the Geffrye Museum of the Home, for further information please contact Danielle Patten at DPatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk.

Further details to be announced shortly. https://historiesofhomessn.wordpress.com

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